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Ravae Schaeffer

Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer

Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer’s 23 plus years of experience includes facilitating professional learning communities and project-managing cross-sector design teams to create, implement and evaluate innovative education solutions, such as Future Ready SA Digital Badging and Guiding Pathways to Dual Credit Secondary/Postsecondary partnerships. She also facilitated multi-agency partnerships with PreK-12, Higher Education, and Workforce entities to achieve educational goals while designing and coordinating customized research-based, data-informed professional development for teachers and administrators. Prior to Region 20, Ravae served as both a high school and middle school teacher for nine years. She also served on the CAST STEM industry advisory board.

I'm proud to be a part of a community that is building powerful and enriching learning opportunities for students and families at Southwest CAST STEM. Our students are solving real-world problems side by side with industry experts in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy & Power, Engineering, and Global Logistics while preparing for college on the way to their future careers. Together, our community at SW CAST STEM supports a commitment to growth, service and results for all students who are seeking an interdisciplinary approach to learning and leading in the new millennium.

Advisory Board


CAST Schools are partnership schools, co-created by industry, civic leaders, and other external partners, who participate in decisions about curriculum, budget, and school governance. In addition to their critical role in the school design, our partners provide mentorship, real-world work experiences, internships, and job opportunities, shaping the career readiness of students and helping them seamlessly transition into college or the workforce while nurturing a homegrown and committed source of talent.

  • Todd Williams, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas
  • Lisa Lewis, CPS Energy
    Quyhn Leverenz, H-E-B
  • Beki Hutchison, HOLT CAT
  • TBD, Zachry Group
  • Tamara Schmoekel, Associated Builders and Contractors – South Texas Chapter
  • Jim Perschbach, Port San Antonio
  • Mark Niederhauer, EO2 Concepts
  • Dan Gonzales, StandardAero
  • Yolanda Edwards, Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Kate Rogers, Charles Butt Foundation
  • David Marquez, Bexar County
  • Carl Sheperis, Texas A&M San Antonio
  • Robert Garza, Palo Alto College
  • Jeanne Russell, Cast Network
  • Lloyd Verstuyft, Southwest ISD
  • Katie Chain, H-E-B
  • Pooja Tripathi, Bexar County
  • Saani Fong, SA Works